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1996 Paloma Vineyard Merlot Spring Mountain District
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About Paloma Vineyard

Jim and Barbara Richards began crafting superb Napa Valley Merlot in 1983. Although Jim has since passed, the Richards still have a rabid following among those who prize sweetness of fruit, creamy texture and plenty of spicy oak. Sheldon, Jim’s son, now works alongside his mom in the vines and in the cellar, carrying on the work, and good reputation of his dad’s vineyard.

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1996 Paloma Vineyard Merlot Spring Mountain District

Producer: Paloma Vineyard
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1998

Black-ruby to the rim. Black fruits and minerals on the nose. Inky and very concentrated, with a huge belt of rather monolithic fruit. Dense and smooth but doesn't yet come alive in the mouth. Then finishes with thoroughly ripe tannins and huge fruit.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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